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Internet addiction rehabs in China
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10 years of Internet addiction rehabs in China

A brief history of web addiction camps in China: brainwashing, electroconvulsive therapy and other abuses were committed to patients over the years.

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Qigong frauds
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Rise and fall of the QiGong frenzy in China: when superstition and science collide

Qigong frauds: After the fall of the Gang of Four, Qigong represented an opportunity for China to find a cultural identity tested by the disastrous consequences of the Cultural Revolution that erased an entire cultural and relationships system. Looking for its own way to modernization, China took a shortcut to scientific progress by mixing weird science and superstition, with grotesque and devastating consequences in the long run.

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X-ray glasses
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X-ray glasses strike back from China

Do you remember the weird ads from the 70s cheap comics promoting X-ray glasses to see through clothes and walls?

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men's sexual failure
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Monica Bellucci defeats men’s sexual failure in China

Many movies and fashion stars, although not officially involved in the promotion process of Chinese products, are illegally chosen as godmothers or godfathers by an increasing number of local brands.

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history of Qi Gong
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Photographic history of Qigong and alternative medicine in China

History of Qigong – There are hundreds of types of Qigong: some only need meditation and others require body motion to music.

They are popular among Chinese who wish to improve their health and cure their diseases. It is hard to say if anyone has restored his health by performing Qigong; while it is also hard to say if Qigong is completely ineffective if accompanied by orthodox treatment. Deep breathing, self-controlled meditation, and little movement, which are usually involved in performing Qigong, are not harmful.

The cult of Qigong, however, is not based on its effectiveness in health care. The “spirit balance” it gives and the quasi-religious mood involved in performing Qigong partly accounts for its popularity. Old people may perform it because they have no better ways to spend their time. Around 1985, Qigong began to closely connect with another cult—the cult of “special ability”—and each reinforces the popularity of the other.

The phenomenon of SA was first reported in 1978, when the political group headed by Mao’s widow lost its power, and Deng Xiaoping was reinstated and began to advocate the movement to “love, learn and utilize science” in China.

This science movement quickly met the needs that the majority of Chinese, including some scholars had. They had forgotten what the rigorous demarcation line of empirical science was. (From Paranormal in China written by Wu Xianghong)

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